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Magoffin County Facing Water Shortage

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

Water supplies are dangerously low tonight for one part of the mountains.

We’re all experience drought conditions, but those conditions are threatening Magoffin County’s water supply. Residents are under water restrictions tonight, but officials are also working to keep the county supplied with enough water until there's significant rain.

Salyersville crews say it's been a long couple of days trying to over come several obstacles to keep the city and the county from running out of water.

There was a drought so officials turned to plan B, two back up wells, but the pump broke

Paul Conley, the Public Information Officer for Magoffin County says, “The pumps at the wells were fine, we just lost the pump and the motor that went from the old water plant that takes the water from the wells to the new plant so we had water in the wells we just couldn't get it to the new plant.”

So city crews got a new pump and are using the wells and what's left in the river to supply about 600,000 gallons of water to residents a day.

Thomas Howard, the Superintendent for Salyersville Water Plant says, “If we don't get no rain in about a month I say I’d be strictly wells, and hope for the best.”

The county's main source of water, the Licking River got to the lowest level officials have ever seen, but say there is still enough water in it for another week or two

Howard says, “We actually took the pumps off of the wall at the river and actually had to lower them on down into the river to get to pumps in the river low enough to pump.”

Areas of the river are damming up and blocking water flow, so crews are clearing those areas so water can get back to the pumps.

Howard says, “If the river dries up I can still run the wells, but I’ll only get half the water that I need out of the wells.”

Officials say they believe the wells can contribute to the water supply for several weeks, hopefully until they get much needed rain.

Officials say the water restrictions will stay in effect until there has been a sufficient amount of rain.

Magoffin County officials have signed a contract to buy 350,000 gallons of water a day from Johnson County. They're hoping that will also help once they can connect water lines.


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